How likely is a physicians to lie on a birth certificate?

+10 votes
Indiana recently partnered with ancestry to scan in a lot of birth, death, and marriage certs, which is great.

Looking at my grandfathers birth certificate he is listed as being born on the 24th of February. We celebrated his birthday as the 21st of February his entire life. He was in good relations with both parents who lived well into his adulthood. The birth certificate states that it must be filled within 36 hours of birth. It is dated 25 Feb. My grandfather probably wouldn't have cared even if he saw his birth certificate was incorrect. My opinion is the physician was behind on paperwork and lied to avoid a mark against him. Thoughts?
in The Tree House by Jason Webb G2G2 (2.1k points)
That seems a very unlikely explanation to me. A birth certificate is important to the individual but not to a doctor signing them in bulk. The idea that a 36 hour limit was rigorously enforced seems unlikely too and in any case the doctor would not be blamed. There could be many simple explanations ... the birth was on the 21st ... reported and signed by the doctor on the 24th ... but not filed and officially recorded by some records administrator until the following day the 25th.

2 Answers

+2 votes
I wouldn't think he lied on purpose.
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (244k points)
+1 vote
This may be only tangentially related to your specific question, but in the past in the United States, physicians sometimes would make decisions that contradicted the parents' wishes. In my mother's case (born in New York in 1925), her parents wanted the name Doris, but (according to my mother), the physician liked my grandmother's name, Lillian. So, he put Lillian down on the birth certificate. When my grandmother went to register the birth several days later, she (apparently) had the name changed to Doris. But Lillian remained on the official birth certificate for the rest of my mother's life. She decided to go by "Doris Lillian."
by Jeffry Ricker G2G4 (4.1k points)
Wow! How could someone possibly justify to themselves that they have rhat right? Crazy. Thanks for the story
All I can say is it was a very different time. In addition, I heard the story from my mother second-hand many decades after the event, so the specifics may not be correct. Regardless, the official birth certificate has "Lillian," and the birth record (at the moment, I forget what this is called in NY) has "Doris." Neither has a middle name.

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